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Adventure Time – “What Was Missing” Recap

by chdron September 26, 2011
A mischievous space-bending Door Lord zips into the lives of the main characters as he steals items important to them. Finn, Jake, Beemo, Princess Bubblegum, and Marceline team up to pursue the thief and get their stolen valuables back, but their progress is halted by an enchanted door that requests a song. As Finn tries […]

Rebooting DC: Worth It?

by chdron June 4, 2011
DC Comics loves changing the status quo, in a big way. Ever since 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, they’ve been constantly trying to outdo themselves with huge universe-wide crossover events like Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis that guarantee that “nothing will ever be the same”. But the more things change, the more they stay the […]

In Defense of Problem Solverz

by chdron April 19, 2011
I’ve made no effort to hide it; I unabashedly love Ben Jones’ new series The Problem Solverz. A simple cursory glance around the internet can reveal a slightly-less-than-warm reaction to the show, though. Another cursory glance at The Problem Solverz itself can explain why; TPS is one of the most actively antagonistic cartoons I have […]

Cartoon Network’s 2011 Upfront in New York: My Take

by chdron March 23, 2011
It’s finally that magical time of year again: upfront season. While upfronts are like unwrapping Christmas presents for most of the press, the childrens’ side of the spectrum usually lays low, with Cartoon Network usually being the only network to put out really surprising information out there. The other have been putting up an impressive […]

The Megaphone Effect

by chdron March 5, 2011
One of the biggest rules for gaining an audience is not to underestimate it. Nobody wants to be talked down to on television, so why should the opposite be true about advertising? It seems that there can never be such a thing as too much marketing, and that there is a direct correlation between ads […]

The Long and Shorts Of It

by chdron February 23, 2011
When you need a lot of content in a short amount of time, quantity tends to trump quality most of the time. But what if you didn’t have to compromise one for the other? This was Fred Seibert’s goal when the then-fledgling Cartoon Network (who was owned by the same corporation as Fred’s Hanna-Barbera Studios, […]

Looking Back: Robotomy

by chdron February 2, 2011
Cartoon Network and robots don’t mix. Aside from a few Gundam series (and hopefully Genndy Tartakovsky’s newest outing Sym-Bionic Titan), most of the network’s attempts to launch robot-themed shows have been met with dismal failure, from Gundam Seed to IGPX to Megas XLR to Robot Jones. But the title for the saddest robot story would […]

Three Families

by chdron January 24, 2011
To say that Seth MacFarlane is a polarizing figure in animation is an understatement. Fans of Seth’s material tends to spread far into the mainstream, appealing to those that would otherwise not be interested in cartoons. MacFarlane’s detractors often view his works with extreme derision, to the point of wanting his head on a pike. […]

Leap of Faith

by chdron January 18, 2011
This is a real television show that is being produced for Cartoon Network. As one may guess, reactions to the Problem Solverz are polarizing at best. I personally love it, if just for how absurd it is and the incoming critical trainwreck when this show meets the press. But I would be lying if I […]

What a Waste: Adult Swim’s Move to Primetime

by chdron December 9, 2010
Adult Swim is coming to primetime. As explained in typical Adult Swim fashion, the pseudo-network for adults is taking up seven more hours of what used to be Cartoon Network’s 9pm primetime slot. So if more good is good, why does the whole move seem like a such a depressing shame to everyone involved? You’ve […]